30 Nov 2023

News 2023

The Annual Carol Service Popular

The College’s Annual Carol Service rounded out the ‘Chapel Year’. It was held after the Semester 2 Exams in the form of the Nine Lessons and Carols, so beautifully created by Right Revd Edward White Benson, at that time Bishop of Truro, for Christmas Eve in 1880.


The service, officiated this year by the Warden, featured uplifting carols by the Chapel Choir, led by Director of Music Jack Stephens. These included “O Holy Night”, Vaughan Williams’s “This is the Truth Sent from Above”, Elizabeth Poston’s “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree”, Matthew Owens’s recent scoring of “The Holly and the Ivy”, John Gardners’s 20th century scoring of “Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day” and and Philip Stopfords’s recent scoring of “Lully, Lulla, Lullay”. The large congregation of mostly alumni and friends of the College joined in the signing of other carols and hymns for the Advent/ Christmas seasons with the full sound of the wonderful Flentrop Organ, again so masterfully played by College Organist and Composer-in-Residence David Drury. Lessons were read by students and staff and visitors including Damian Furlong (in College 1976-78) and Em Prof Michael Lawrence. After the service refreshments and festive entertainment were provided in the Salisbury Bar.

We have an exciting year ahead for the Chapel Choir, culminating with an international tour at the end of 2024. Up coming events with the choir:

  • Sat 04 February, 4 pm – regional Evensong at St Jude’s, Bowral
  • Fri 15 March, 7 pm – Handel’s Messiah at St Stephen’s, Newtown
  • Sat 16 March, 7 pm – Handel’s Messiah at St Thomas’s, North Sydney
  • 4 – 7 April – Reginal Tour to Southern Tablelands
  • Friday 19 July, 5 pm – combined concert with Trinity College Melbourne at St Jude’s, Bowral
  • Saturday 20 July, 7 pm – combined concert with Trinity College Melbourne in Sydney
  • Saturday 27 July, 7 pm – Christmas in July at St Paul’s College

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